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John Paul I 2 days, 4 ballots 101 cardinals elected Cardinal Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I during a conclave which ran from August 25 – 26, 1978.  Pope John Paul I died 34 days after his election on September 28. He was 65 years old. CNS photo ...read more
Paul VI 3 days, 6 ballots Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini, Paul VI was chosen in a conclave with 80 cardinals present.The conclave took place from June 19-21, 1963. Pope Paul VI was 65 years old when he was elected and died 15 years later on August 6, 1978. CNS photo ...read more
John XXIII 3 days, 11 ballots Fifty-one cardinals were in the conclave of October 25-28, 1958 when Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, John XXIII was elected. He was 76 years old at the time and he died on June 3, 1963. It was Pope John XXIII who called the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962. CNS photo ...read more
Pius XII 2 days, 3 ballots The conclave took place from 1 to 2 of March 1939. 62 Cardinals were present. The College of Cardinals elected Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XII. He was 63 years old. He died on October 9, 1958. CNS photo ...read more
With the recent papal transition in the media, much attention has been focused on the role of women in the Church. Questions have been raised: Should women be ordained as priests? Is there equality in the Church? Does the Church value women? Join us as host Kris Dmytrenko speaks with three diverse Catholic women to ...read more
Pius XI 4 days, 14 ballots Fifty-three cardinals gathered at the Vatican from February 2 – 6, 1922 to elect Cardinal Achille Ratti, Pius XI. He was 64 years old. He died on February 10, 1939. CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano ...read more
Benedict XV 4 days, 10 ballots Fifty-seven cardinals were present in the conclave from August 31 to September 3, 1914, electing Cardinal Giacomo della Chiesa, Pope Benedict XV. He was 59 years old. The Italian pope died on January 22, 1922. ...read more
Now that we have a date, the next big question on everyone’s mind is how long will it take before we know who’s our next Pope? In the last one hundred years there have been nine conclaves to date, ten if you count the one that will start on March 12. In honour of this ...read more
In the weeks leading up to the conclave the Cardinals are meeting in Rome to discuss the state of the Church and the profile of the new pope. It is no secret that questions of administration and governance at the Vatican have been raised. But there are also serious conversations going on about evangelization, inter-religious dialogue, ...read more
Sebastian Gomes speaks with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. in Rome on the final day of Pope Benedict’s Pontificate.  The Cardinal shares his thoughts on Pope Benedict’s departure, his lasting legacy, and the important characteristics of the new pope. ...read more